STOR2RRD – Free Storage Performance Monitoring Software

Having worked in storage for some years I know one of the key challenges especially in larger environments is managing systems from multiple different vendors. Most companies end up in the same situation, with changing purchasing policies and objectives over the years resulting in having storage systems from a number of different Vendors. Monitoring all your different systems and keeping track of their performance and health can be a challenge, since each vendor has its own set of tools.

This is where Xorux is aiming to help administrators with a single product, STOR2RRD. By using STOR2RRD you can get a single web based interface that allows you to view the performance of all your different systems. Check out the graphic below, which displays a significant number of different storage systems being monitored by a single STOR2RRD server.

If you want to see if your storage system is supported you can read the full list of supported storage systems, the list of systems is significant and includes both storage systems and switches.

Deployment

The traditional deployment model for STOR2RRD is a web server and application server both on a Linux or Unix OS. If you are allergic to black and white do not fear as a simple deployment method is available in the form of an appliance. The appliance comes in Hyper-V and VMware flavours and handily contains the webserver and application components i.e. you only need to deploy one appliance. The product is open source and distributed for free download . Also available is a SAAS hosted version of the product.

Adding in Storage Systems

Once you have completed the deployment you can then add in the storage system you need to monitor. The method to add in your storage system varies by Vendor. I will run through adding a 3PAR at a high level as an example:

  • Create read only account on 3PAR
  • Add storage system to the STOR2RRD application config
  • Create SSH key pair using ssh-keygen utility

What do I get

Great so you have gone to the effort to deploy it, now what? The dashboard view again gives you a good feel for the fact you can monitor a large number of products from one place.

If you want to take to take the product for a hands on spin you can have a look at this interactive online demo

3PAR Stuff

Given that many 3PAR owners frequent this blog I wanted to give a demo of some of the charts available for the 3PAR system.

The following charts show the cache performance for the system. You access the performance monitoring via a web browser. The interface is tabbed so I am looking at the read tab in these screenshots but there is also a write tab. It also shows multiple time frames in a single window, so you can spot trends. In the below screenshot for instance we are looking at the time frames last day, week, month and year

Port stats are similar you see a view with multiple time frames, I have just chosen to zoom in on the last days stats. You see the aggregated IO patterns plus a table showing the busiest ports.

It’s a similar story for volumes you can see IO and response time stats for a range of time frames. What is nice is that you can also chose top to see the busiest volumes, you can sort the order on a range of different measures including IO/throughput and response time. I am looking at the daily view but you will see the top stats are available for a range of time frames from daily to weekly.

If you are interested you can download a fee copy of STOR2RRD.

 

Vembu releases BDR Suite 3.8

Vembu has just released the 3.8 version of their BDR Suite. Let’s start at the beginning with a bit of background. The company was actually founded back in 2002 based out of Chennai India but also with offices in the US. Their core product is the Vembu BDR Suite which is able to backup:

  • VMware VM’s
  • Hyper-V VM’s
  • Physical windows machines
  • Office 365
  • Google Apps (G-Suite)
  • Cloud backup of AWS and Azure VM’s

The first thing that struck me with this product it’s maturity in terms of number of of items that can be backed up and also the scope of features available within the product. All management is controlled through a clean looking central console which is accessed via a web browser

VM based backups are agentless, capable of producing application aware backups and allow enable granular restore. High availability is key to all backup solutions and Vembu supports this with quick VM recovery and VM replication. VM replication allows the agentless replication of a VM to a target to allow near zero RTO. Vembu is available for a 30 day trial

Vembu have actually gone to the effort of creating their own file system which they call VembuHIVE, which keeps the backup files compressed, encrypted and has built in error correction.

What’s new?

Hopefully that gives you a flavour for what Vembu BDR is all about, so let’s look at what’s new in the latest 3.8 release.

OffsiteDR Seed – When first setting up offsite copies one of the key challenges can be the initial data sync which can take a significant amount of time and cause congestion on network links. OffsiteDR seed allows the data to be transferred using an offline method to overcome these challenges

Disk Image Backup in BDR – Previously agent based backups i.e. backups of physical machines had to be configured and managed via a separate server, this can now be done via the central BDR server

Storage Pooling – This feature allows a number of different storage targets to be pooled together to create what appears to be a single backup target. Useful for example if your current target has become full and there is not physical capacity for expansion

Auto Authorization – this is a security feature to ensure the backup data is not sent to an unknown server. Authorization of the backup servers is achieved by the generation of unique keys by the BDR server

 

 

 

 

 

I wanted to cover Vembu backup product which once I started reading up on it I realised was like a swiss army knife of backup products covering many aspects of backup.

 

Hybrid Cloud Management – With Project New Stack

One of the things that really caught my eye at HPE Discover was Project New Stack which is essentially a Hybrid cloud management tool. At the moment this is still in development, but there was a preview at the show to give a feel for what this tool will aim to accomplish. I recorded the below video with Rick one of the Project New Stack product managers who talked me through the solution and gave me a demo:

Key take aways

  • Project New Stack aims to provide a tool for the management of hybrid cloud
  • This will aim to bring a single interface to manage onsite solutions such as vSphere and public cloud offerings from AWS and Azure
  • The tool will provide reporting data including costs across the disparate infrastructures
  • Management and orchestration can also be completed from the tool
  • Synergy will be a tightly integrated with the product so that the onsite experience can be as automated as possible
  • For the onsite deployments they will be monitored and aimed to self-repair. Just my opinion but this sounded very much like InfoSight and would confirm suspicions that Infosight was a key part of the Nimble acquisition

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